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Doctoral candidate (m/f/d) in paleoceanography / isotope geochemistry – University of Oldenburg -Germany

The position is limited to 36 months. Start: May 1st, 2024

The ICBM is an interdisciplinary research institute for fundamental and applied marine research. The internationally renowned institute aims at understanding the function of marine environmental systems through close cooperation of the various scientific disciplines (chemistry, biology, physics, mathematical modelling) of its more than 20 research groups.

The working group Marine Isotope Geochemistry uses stable and radiogenic isotope systems (Si, Fe, Nd, Sr, Pb) and trace element concentrations to investigate biogeochemical processes, element cycles and inputs to the ocean, and to reconstruct changes in the marine environment during past intervals of climate change.

The project is part of a larger collaborative effort investigating climate variability in the Pacific Southern Ocean over the last 8 million years using IODP Expedition 383 (DYNAPACC) sample material. The PhD project will focus on stable silicon (Si) isotopes in diatoms for the reconstruction of past changes in surface water nutrient supply and utilization, specifically covering the Pliocene-Pleistocene and Mid-Pleistocene Transitions.

Recruitment requirements include a qualifying university degree (M.Sc. or diploma (not of a University of Applied Sciences)) in earth sciences, analytical chemistry or a related field. A strong background in inorganic-geochemical sample processing and analysis, preferably in the mass spectrometric analysis of trace elements and metal isotopes are advantageous. A background in paleoclimate/paleoceanography and/or geochemistry is required, a background in diatom taxonomy is an advantage. Very good English language skills (written and spoken) are required.

For queries regarding this position, please contact Dr. Claudia Ehlert ([email protected]). Please send your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates and contact information of up to three references in a single document preferably by email with the subject “IODP 383 silicon isotopes” to [email protected] by February 29th, 2024.

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